INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A national school accountability leader says Florida
Education Commissioner Tony Bennett should resign for orchestrating an
effort to change the grade for a top GOP donor's school while leading
Indiana's education overhaul.
Pioneer Institute Executive Director Jim Stergios says Bennett violated
the trust of Indiana students and parents by working to ensure that the
Christel House Academy received an "A'' after it fell to a "C'' on the
state's "A-F" accountability scale.
The Associated Press obtained emails showing Bennett and his advisers
scrambling to improve the school's mark.
Bennett became Florida's top education official in December. He denies
wrongdoing in the Indiana case and says the grading formula changes
weren't solely directed at Christel House.
School founder Christel DeHaan has given more than $2.8 million to
Republicans since 1998.